- Portion size 4 servings
- Credits : Lorie Buscombe
Nutty Quinoa and Mushroom Strudel Image by: Jodi Pudge
The hardest part of entertaining? Pleasing all types of palates, especially when you have guests with restricted diets. This savoury vegan entrée is filled with quinoa and mushrooms for a satisfying, delicious meal even meat lovers will enjoy. To serve the strudel as a side, cut it into eight to 10 smaller pieces.
In saucepan of boiling water, cook quinoa according to package instructions. Stir in pine nuts, sage and half each of the salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp of the coconut oil over medium-high heat; cook mushrooms, onion, garlic and remaining salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened and no liquid remains, about 12 minutes. Add mustard and vinegar; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining coconut oil until melted.
Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface with long end facing you; keep remainder covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the remaining coconut oil. Top with second sheet of phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining coconut oil. Repeat layers with remaining phyllo and some of the remaining coconut oil.
Spoon quinoa mixture into 5-inch wide strip over top of phyllo, leaving 2-inch border at each short end and 2-inch border at long end farthest from you. Top with mushroom mixture, red peppers, strained tomatoes and arugula. Fold in short ends over borders. Starting from long end closest to you, roll up tightly.
Place strudel, seam side down, on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Brush phyllo with remaining coconut oil. Bake in 400°F oven until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Slice crosswise into 6 pieces.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Red quinoa boasts the same nutritional value and nutty, earthy flavour as white quinoa while also adding a vibrant, festive colour to dishes.
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This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Warm Feta Sauce Image by: Angus Fergusson
A drizzling of salty feta, tangy Greek yogurt and bright citrus gives loads of flavour to these sweet potato wedges. The almonds lend a satisfying crunch to the tender potatoes and creamy sauce, but feel free to omit them, if you prefer.
In large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic and 1/4 tsp of the salt. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, turning once, until tender and edges are golden, about 35 minutes. Transfer to serving dish.
While sweet potatoes are roasting, in microwaveable bowl, microwave feta on high until warmed, about 10 seconds. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper and remaining salt.
Spoon yogurt mixture over sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with almonds and oregano.
Chicken Parmigiana With Spaghetti | Food styling by Noah Witenoff | Prop styling by Charlene Walton Image by: Jodi Pudge
A super-quick tomato sauce made using bottled passata does double duty in this restaurant favourite, acting as a sauce for both the chicken and pasta. Cost: $4.10/serving